To celebrate 311 DAY 2018, the multi-platinum, alternative rockers 311 played two sold out shows at Park Theater at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas over the weekend on Saturday (March 10) and Sunday (March 11). 12,000 tickets were sold for the two-night event to fans from all 50 U.S. states and 17 countries worldwide. This marked the group’s 10th annual 311 DAY concert event, the band has performed a special 311 DAY show every other year since 2000.
To the delight of the crowd, 311–singer/guitarist NICK HEXUM, singer/DJ S.A. MARTINEZ, drummer CHAD SEXTON, bassist P-NUT and guitarist TIM MAHONEY–played mostly deep cuts from all eras of their impressive 27- year-long career throughout all 12 studio albums (see moments and artist quotes below). The group played 86 different songs across two, 3+ hour shows (42 songs night one, 44 songs night two). The show delivered a state-of-the-art production and the ultimate 311 concert experience with captivating visuals across an 80 foot 4K LED wall, automated lighting pods, pyro, confetti cannons and more.
Highlights included an emotional cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” accompanied by an In Memoriam video tribute, honoring their deceased musical heroes along with 311 fans Renee O’Neal and Meredith Hight (two dedicated 311 fans both tragically killed in separate domestic violence incidents in 2017) and Patrick Hexum–the youngest brother of 311 singer Nick Hexum–who died battling an opiate addiction.
During the set, 311 stepped into a time-machine that took them back to 1990…where they played four songs from their early demo days on a theatrical stage-set modeled after the basement in Nick Hexum’s family’s house in Omaha, Nebraska, where the band originally formed & rehearsed in the early 90’s. See more highlights and quotes from 311’s Nick Hexum listed in the setlist notes below.
The shows were Webcast live via Nugs.tv & Live311.com where thousands of fans tuned in to witness the magic of the two-night event. Audio downloads of 311 DAY 2018 now available at Live311.com. Forbes magazine recognized a 300% spike increase in traffic at 311’s You Tube channel: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrolli/2018/03/11/311-day-youtube-spike/#45cf136e42cb. Elsewhere, Alternative Radio stations all over the country played blocks of 311 songs and media outlets paid respect to 311’s longevity and 311 DAY tradition.
To the legion of fans that celebrate 311 DAY every year, 311 is more than a band, it’s a community, a movement and a family that transcends beyond the music.
311 DAY 2018 WEEKEND RECAP:
311 DAY Photo links: https://311.pixieset.com/311dayproduction/
311 backstage: https://tinyurl.com/ycnwnuuy
311 and band managers, Adam Raspler & Peter Raspler: https://tinyurl.com/y92f6uz7
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, NIGHT 1: (42 songs) http://setlist.com/311/311Day/2018-1.html
- Intro: honoring fans who traveled from across the globe to be in Vegas for the celebration: https://youtu.be/p8CbHEh75t4.
- Mid-set, Nick Hexum (singer/guitarist) took the stage solo with his guitar to play for the first time ever Places That the Mind Goes(from new album MOSAIC) and Remember Me from the animated movie Coco, which he dedicated to his three young daughters in the audience. Photo https://tinyurl.com/ydewcums and https://tinyurl.com/y726g8yf and http://www.311.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Lashbrook-n1-1.jpg.
- 311 played Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Hereaccompanied by an In Memoriam video tribute, honoring their deceased musical heroes along with 311 fans Renee O’Neal and Meredith Hight (two dedicated 311 fans both tragically killed in separate domestic violence incidents over the past year) and to Patrick Hexum, the youngest brother of bandmember Nick Hexum. Photos: http://www.311.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2V5A5396.jpg and https://tinyurl.com/ydywb7ad and https://tinyurl.com/y9pbrtwz.
- Nick Hexum says, “My youngest brother Patrick was included in the memorium montage. We lost him a couple years ago to opiates. So devastating. He would have loved the Floyd cover. He was a classic rock guy. Having his picture up there as well as knowing that there were images of fans Renee & Meredith (whose friends were in the front row) made it all so emotional–and a fitting tribute.“
- Later in the night, bass player P-Nut, took the stage solo to do an extended Bass Solo featuring Coda, a hidden track on the band’s 2003 release Evolver. Photo:https://tinyurl.com/y8qpre8b and https://tinyurl.com/y7vow22l and https://tinyurl.com/ybb6a2pm.
- At midnight, there was a Countdown to 311 DAY, where confetti cannons were fired and the fans basked in the excitement of ringing in 311 DAY. Photo: https://tinyurl.com/yam5gklpand https://tinyurl.com/yb7972b8 and https://tinyurl.com/yayqs55c.
- End of show, 311 took at group bow. Photos: http://www.311.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/DSC2275.jpg, https://tinyurl.com/y8pd63jd, https://tinyurl.com/y8y43mzv
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, NIGHT 2: (44 songs) http://setlist.com/311/311Day/2018-2.html
- Animated Intro Videointro by cartoonist Scott Soeder, featuring band voice-overs (https://youtu.be/X–jW-xYFTs)
- Mid-set, featured aTime Machine Video – and the stage was then transformed into the basement of Nick Hexum’s family’s house in 1990, when the band were young upstarts. That transpired into the band playing a 4-song set from their early demo days. Down South, Slinky Girl, Damn and C.U.T.M which they last played in 1992. Photos: https://tinyurl.com/y7z6f8je, https://tinyurl.com/y96tw2va, https://tinyurl.com/y8d7akp4.
- Nick Hexum says, “The throwback set snowballed into something really cool. Chad (drummer) suggested we do a set of pre-‘92 songs on our old equipment. I said, “What if it looked like my Dad’s basement?” We even had vintage clothes. I wore my same go-to Pendleton flannel that I wore for demo album covers and our very first gig opening for Fugazi. Playing timbales on those songs like I used to was a blast.“
- Later in the set, drummer Chad Sexton played an extended drum soloon two different drum sets, incorporating electronics and a wave of various drum patterns. Photos: https://tinyurl.com/yaz2wtj9, https://tinyurl.com/ybypaaff, https://tinyurl.com/ydhjuohv.
- For the first time during the drum solo, Chad was joined by guitarist Tim Mahoneywho added ambient guitar parts while psychedelic visuals colored the LED wall. (http://www.311.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Photo-12-3-18-01-11-15.jpg and https://tinyurl.com/ybjm8kzl and https://tinyurl.com/yd2a2x7l.
- 311 did a full band drumlineduring their song Applied Science, including two stick tosses Photos: https://tinyurl.com/yacxgok5, https://tinyurl.com/y7qxsj6y, https://tinyurl.com/ydhpmd8l.
- At the conclusion of the four hour show, 311 took a band bow and took a group photowith the entire venue audience. Photos: https://tinyurl.com/yd5hjw7q, https://tinyurl.com/yaygxnt8, https://tinyurl.com/yba9edge.
Nick Hexum says, “I’m enjoying the afterglow of 311 DAY. It was a super emotional experience to cover Floyd’s Wish You Were Here combined with a montage of those we have lost. Performing so many songs was such a trip. I was nervous to debut Places That the Mind Goes all by myself, but the crowd response was really heartwarming. Then it was fun to sneak in ‘Remember Me’ from the movie Coco for my wife and kids.
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